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Alexander Ragan Postmaster Appointment

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0277

The collection consists of one document, signed and sealed by the former President McKinley, to announce the appointment of Alexander Ragan as postmaster for the City of Newport in Tennessee on February 15, 1898.

Dates

  • 1898 February 15

Language

The material in this collection is entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (flat storage container)

Abstract

The collection consists of one document, signed and sealed by former President William McKinley, to announce the appointment of Alexander Ragan as postmaster for Newport, Tennessee on February 15, 1898.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Ragan was born on November 21, 1839 and passed away on June 29, 1906. He was married on February 23, 1868 to Algia McNabb Ragan (1849-1931). Ragan now rests at Union Cemetery in Cocke County, where he was appointed postmaster for the City of Newport on February 15, 1898. The position of postmaster is one that permits a person to oversee, administrate, and support the processes of a United States Post Office.

President William McKinley (1843-1901) was the 25th President of the United States. Having recently gained his new responsibilities as president in 1897, McKinley laid to rest his past career as lawyer and entered the White House as the new Republican president. However, President McKinley's life was cut short by an assassin on September 14, 1901. He was survived by his wife, Ida Saxon McKinley. His Postmaster General during his term was James A. Gary (1833-1920) when Alexander Ragan was officially dubbed postmaster for Newport, Tennessee on February 15, 1889.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Randy Frazier in 1963.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480